EP 03 Regulating food trade PT 1: Agri-food commodity chains

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

The world food system witnesses unprecedented flows of food and agricultural products across national frontiers. International food and agricultural trade has been integral to the world food system since the first food regime was established, but has only grown more important over time. Yet such trade takes place on the basis of a set of rules that have been agreed by states and which need to be understood if the implications of food regime dynamics for the world food system are to be recognized.

One way of thinking about the international trade of food and agricultural products is as a series of stages that sequentially add value to the product being traded.